This guide walks you through the steps for scheduling tasks with Spring.
What you’ll build
You’ll build an application that prints out the current time every five seconds using Spring’s
What you’ll need
Create a scheduled task
Now that you’ve set up your project, you can create a scheduled task.
Scheduled annotation defines when a particular method runs.
NOTE: This example uses
fixedRate, which specifies the interval between method invocations measured from the start time of each invocation. There are other options, like
fixedDelay, which specifies the interval between invocations measured from the completion of the task. You can also use
@Scheduled(cron=". . .") expressions for more sophisticated task scheduling.
Although scheduled tasks can be embedded in web apps and WAR files, the simpler approach demonstrated below creates a standalone application. You package everything in a single, executable JAR file, driven by a good old Java
@EnableScheduling ensures that a background task executor is created. Without it, nothing gets scheduled.
Logging output is displayed and you can see from the logs that it is on a background thread. You should see your scheduled task fire every 5 seconds:
[...] 2016-08-25 13:10:00.143 INFO 31565 --- [pool-1-thread-1] hello.ScheduledTasks : The time is now 13:10:00 2016-08-25 13:10:05.143 INFO 31565 --- [pool-1-thread-1] hello.ScheduledTasks : The time is now 13:10:05 2016-08-25 13:10:10.143 INFO 31565 --- [pool-1-thread-1] hello.ScheduledTasks : The time is now 13:10:10 2016-08-25 13:10:15.143 INFO 31565 --- [pool-1-thread-1] hello.ScheduledTasks : The time is now 13:10:15
Congratulations! You created an application with a scheduled task. Heck, the actual code was shorter than the build file! This technique works in any type of application.